Part L of the A to Z of Vintage Jewellery, Labradorite to Lustre


A greyish gemstone with flashes of rainbow colour
Lace Pin

A very small brooch which was used to pin together folds in lace  – the pin on the back is generally linger than the pin itself

Famous French designer originally maker of glass and then jewellery. Originally associated with art nouveau.  High quality but look out for modern Fakes.


Lapel Pin

A small decorative pin worn through the lapel to add a touch of sparkle, colour and interest. These were most popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Check that you have a keeper or clutch to cover the pointy end as you will loose your lapel pin without one.

Lapis Lazuli

Deep blue gemstone which is opaque and has glitter in it . It is usually polished into beads or cabochons rather than a stone which is faceted. Often associated with medieval or arts and crafts jewellery


Lava Cameo

Cameos carved from the lava of volcanoes in Italy. These are one colour rather than the 2 tones associated with shell cameos. These cameos are quite sought after nowadays.







A type of pendant necklace popular in the early 1900s, Often made of gold and set with gemstones. Associated with art nouveau but not exclusively. Originally popularised by Mme La Valliere mistress of King Lois XIV of France who it is names after


Used as a cheap solder in the past to mend silver jewellery. It has a dull lumpy appearance. Also added to glass to make crystal and paste stones.

Leda and the Swan

One of the most common classical scenes in cameo jewellery. It tells the story of Zeus assuming the form of a swan to seduce the lovely Leda


Another name for an Albertina or ladies watch chain

Letter Jewel

A jewel carved in the form of an initial

Limoges Enamel

A type of champlevé enamel made in Limoges in France where the enamel is on copper. These pieces can be set into jewellery

Limoges Porcelain

Porcelain plaques made in Limoges France, these are usually painted with an idealised romantic country scene from the Georgian era. Can be found as plaques mounted as a brooch or ring.


One part of a chain, a series of links joined together makes a flexible piece of jewellery.

A piece of jewellery with a compartment for keeping a photo or memento inside. Often worn around the neck but can also be on a ring or bracelet








A brooch from Scotland where there is a heart shape or entwined twin hearts often with a crown on top. They were often given as love tokens and called Luckenbooths after the street stalls where they were sold.


The shine or finish on a piece of gemstone. Different lustres occur , they can look oily, metallic , crystalline or waxy.